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Queen's med student receives CMHF Award

Laura Bosco (Meds'17) demonstrates perseverance, collaboration and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Laura Bosco (Meds’17) recently accepted a student award from the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF).

Laura Bosco
Queen's Medical Student Laura Bosco has received the Export Packers and Rubenstein Family Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) Award, which recognizes outstanding third-year medical students who demonstrate perseverance, collaboration and an entrepreneurial spirit.

She received the Export Packers and Rubenstein Family Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) Award, which recognizes outstanding third-year medical students who demonstrate perseverance, collaboration and an entrepreneurial spirit. “Not only is it incredibly humbling to be acknowledged by brilliant leaders and innovators at Queen’s and across Canada, but it made me realize that I am taking steps in the right direction to becoming the type of leader and future physician I have always wanted to be: strong, caring, perceptive and thoughtful of my peers, friends and colleagues,” Ms. Bosco says.

Ms. Bosco, who serves as the President of the Class of 2017, was honoured in part for her role in establishing an information event to help her classmates select their medical specialty. The event, “Specialty Speed-Dating with Residents,” allowed students who were apprehensive about selecting their specialty field to meet with current residents from a wide variety of fields.

Ms. Bosco also played a key role in the launch of PulsePoint, demonstrating an aptitude for collaboration and innovation. PulsePoint, a mobile app, is used to alert CPR–trained bystanders if someone goes into cardiac arrest. The app also notifies users of the location of the nearest automated electric defibrillator.

After spending the summer working on critical care research at the International Forum for Acute Care Trialists (InFACT), Ms. Bosco has returned to Queen’s for her third year in the School of Medicine. She is hoping to pursue a residency in either anesthesia or emergency medicine, though she is also interested in the possibility of a critical care fellowship following her training.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award, which is supported by individual donors, seeks to recognize medical students who show outstanding potential as future leaders and innovators of health care in Canada. The main objective of the CMHF, established in 1994, is to honour the accomplishments of Canadian medical professionals. Most recently, Queen’s Professor Emeritus Dr. Duncan Sinclair was inducted into the hall of fame for his significant contributions to the improvement of health and health care in Canada and worldwide.